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Chinese premier Li Keqiang has graced an otherwise obscure big data conference with his presence and outlined a new national analytics strategy.Li also outlined a plan to gather supply chain and transport data from around the nation in order to optimise both efforts and accelerate China's transition from manufacturing to whatever comes next.Development of telecommunications infrastructure in rural areas will be accelerated to help things along.It's widely believed that China is an aggressive supporter of online criminals and also an active participant.Pledging a security crackdown may not therefore feel entirely sincere to businesses and governments beyond the Middle Kingdom.Businesses and governments may also feel a little insecure at the prospect of China getting its act together with big data and open government data, because China's already grown astoundingly in the last 20 years.
Internet management outfit Dyn spotted the site late last week and helpfully provided the screen shot below for the site, which could be found at www.starcon.net.kp/.https://t.co/EbwSH8Zzc9 pic.twitter.com/WotGVKWTAc— Dyn Research @DynResearch May 27, 2016We've used the past tense to describe the site because in the handful of days since Dyn revealed it, the site's been hacked to death.That feat was made easy, because the North Korean effort looks to be based on white box social network phpDolphin and whoever installed it forgot to reset the default usernames and passwords.North Korea runs an extensive secret police and knows almost everything about its citizens.That such a government feels the need to permit a social network within its borders is, perhaps, a timely reminder about how social networks make their cash.All jokes aside, it is also worth remembering that the United Nations' 2014 Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea found conditions in the nation are truly horrendous and that human rights abuses take place with gravity, scale and nature … that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.
Although North Korea has had a string of bad luck with its only suspected nuclear-capable ballistic missile—which had four failed test launches in the last two months—the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is clearly intent on shifting its nuclear capabilities into overdrive.On Monday, the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA announced that North Korea's government had apparently re-activated the nuclear fuel production reactor at Yongbyon—the plant responsible for the creation of plutonium used in the DPRK's nuclear weapons program.The analysis by the IAEA, as IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said during a news conference on Monday, pointed to resumption of the activities of the five megawatt reactor, the expansion of centrifuge-related facility, and reprocessing—these are some of the examples of the areas of activity indicated at Yongbyon ."But if the IAEA is correct, the expansion of the centrifuge facility would indicate that North Korea is preparing to produce more fuel for nuclear warheads.The Yongbyon site is the same site that US intelligence attempted to infect with a variant of the Stuxnet malware used against Iranian nuclear research facilities, as revealed by a Reuters report in May of 2015.Like the Iranian program, the Yongbyon facility uses technology originally obtained from the lead developer of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program, scientist A.Q.
China and the United States signed an anti-hacking accord in September last year, brokered during Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Washington, including a pledge that neither country would knowingly carry out hacking for commercial advantages.The agreement marked an ongoing effort to repair relations after China withdrew from a working group in 2014 in response to the U.S. indictment of five members of its military on charges it hacked six U.S. companies.Meeting in Beijing, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary Suzanne Spaulding said the focus on the talks was to make sure both sides fulfilled commitments made by the two presidents."We look forward to discussing the commitments we made with regards to not engaging in IP theft of trade secrets and confidential business information," she told reporters."We want to bring the discussions from policies on paper to actual implementation," Guo said.China, Russia and Iran are among what the United States believes are its most prolific and sophisticated hacking adversaries.
Some investors in German robotics firm Kuka AG are criticizing its management for too quickly endorsing a $5 billion buyout offer from China s Midea Group, while German government officials hold out hope that a competing European bid might emerge.Midea, an appliance maker, last month offered to purchase the high-tech firm, marking one of the highest-profile bids by a Chinese company for a European target in a year of frenzied deal making.Kuka s management isn t obliged to actively solicit potential rival bidders under German law, according to Zacharias Sautner, a professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance.People familiar with the matter said Kuka was indeed sounding out other potential suitors, though it was unclear whether a rival bidder would emerge.Other players in the industrial automation sector could become interested, according to industry specialists.Andy Gu, Midea s vice chief executive, said he was surprised by the degree of political resistance to the takeover, according to Germany s Handelsblatt newspaper Monday.
View photosMoreChina's Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun speaks during the Second U.S.-China High-Level Joint Dialogue on Cybercrime and Related Issues at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing Tuesday, June 14, 2016.Jason Lee/Pool Photo via AP BEIJING AP — Chinese and American officials said Tuesday they're committed to bridging their differences on cybersecurity and moving to implement recent agreements, as they held talks amid complaints over China-based hacking operations that the U.S. says may have already cost U.S. companies tens of billions of dollars.Repeated meetings between the sides on cybersecurity indicate the seriousness with which the Obama administration regards the issue, the U.S. ambassador to China, Max Baucus, said at the start of the two-day talks in western Beijing.U.S. officials have been particularly eager to build on an agreement forged during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the White House in September that says neither government will support commercial cyber-theft."We hope that both sides can work to enrich our cooperation in the remaining six months and leave more of a political legacy for President Obama, and lay a strong foundation for our cooperation for the next administration," said Meng, who as China's de facto security chief has been closely involved in cybersecurity discussions.Although China denies sponsoring or permitting hacking attacks, a U.S. congressional advisory body said last year that China's increasing use of cyber espionage has already cost U.S. companies tens of billions of dollars in lost sales and expenses in repairing the damage from hacking.
The firm's website has his name listed as a developerUS authorities have charged Chinese national Xu Jiaqiang with three counts of economic espionage for allegedly stealing valuable source code from his former employer in the US.Mr Xu intended to sell the code for his own profit and for the benefit of the Chinese government, authorities said.On Tuesday, the DOJ said Mr Xu planned to share the valuable source code with the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People's Republic of China.Mr Xu was first arrested in December for alleged theft of a trade secret from his former employer.Each of the three counts of espionage carry a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.The three counts of theft of a trade secret each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Chinese hacking of corporate and government networks in the U.S. and other countries appears to be declining, according to computer-security experts at companies hired to investigate these breaches.The drop-off is stark and may date back two years.Hackers operating out of China were linked to between 50 and 70 incidents that the cybersecurity company FireEye Inc. was investigating on a monthly basis in 2013 and the early part of 2014, said Laura Galante, the company s director of global intelligence.Chief Technology Officer and co-founder Dmitri Alperovitch said the decline occurred this year and may be caused by a sweeping reorganization of China s military, announced earlier this year.In 2013, security researchers at Mandiant, later acquired by FireEye, published a report detailing a widespread computer-espionage campaign, called APT1, that the company linked to the Chinese military.Ahead of a visit to the U.S. by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September 2015, news leaked that President Barack Obama was considering sanctions against Chinese companies that benefited from hacking.
Five out of six of these missiles have failed in test launches over the past three months.After repeated failed tests of its intermediate range ballistic missile over the past few months, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea North Korea attempted this morning to once again demonstrate its ability to strike with nuclear weapons, launching two Musudan missiles within four hours.Based on 1960s-era Soviet technology with some homegrown tweaks including a larger fuel supply for extending range , kits for the Musudan were allegedly sold to Iran by North Korea.However, posturing by the current North Korean regime likely pressed the DPRK's military into a series of test launches this year ahead of a meeting between high-ranking North Korean officials and Chinese president Xi Jingping earlier this month.Much of whether the second missile launch could be considered a success depends on exactly what North Korea was trying to demonstrate—other than the fact that the regime was willing to continue to provoke its neighbors and the United States.Kim Dong-yub, a former South Korean naval officer and researcher at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies, told the North Korea news and analysis service NK News that if the test was carried out to see the Musudan s capability of loading a nuclear warhead, aimed at using it to threaten Guam, then it should be considered a failure as it only reached 400 kilometers.
China has decreed it will grow several more world-class, multinational enterprise technology vendors by 2025.The executive of the Middle Kingdom's State Council met this week, and issued some new policy pronouncements along the way.The key one for the global information technology industries is called the Outline of National IT Development Strategy that, as outlined in an official report on the press conference following the meeting, sets out lofty ambitions for China's adoption of technology and fostering businesses.On the domestic front, China has set out a plan to have the world's best wireless networks.The nation wants ubiquitous 4G, even in rural areas, and 5G wherever else it can be delivered.The plan also calls for China's domestic technology companies to achieve parity with offshore players by 2020 to increase the competitiveness of the local IT industries.
The people in charge of the mystery world that is North Korea have reportedly described the US decision to add Kim Jong-Un s name to a sanctions blacklist as a declaration of war .The supreme leader stands accused of overseeing widespread human rights abuses and, under the sanctions, he cannot carry out any business with US citizens.There s also a freeze on any properties he owns in the US.North Korea responded with dramatic war talk."The Obama administration went so far to have the impudence to challenge the supreme dignity of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in order to get rid of its unfavourable position during the political and military showdown with the DPRK, said Han Song Ryol, the director-general of the US affairs department at North Korea's foreign ministry.The United States has crossed the red line in our showdown.
The people in charge of the mystery world that is North Korea have reportedly described the US decision to add Kim Jong-Un s name to a sanctions blacklist as a declaration of war .The supreme leader stands accused of overseeing widespread human rights abuses and, under the sanctions, he cannot carry out any business with US citizens.There s also a freeze on any properties he owns in the US.North Korea responded with dramatic war talk."The Obama administration went so far to have the impudence to challenge the supreme dignity of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in order to get rid of its unfavourable position during the political and military showdown with the DPRK, said Han Song Ryol, the director-general of the US affairs department at North Korea's foreign ministry.The United States has crossed the red line in our showdown.
Alas, the car-swallowing electric bus that straddled entire lanes to soar over gas-guzzling cars, is not only dead in the water - it may have raised money illegally to fund the enterprise.WIRED originally covered the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) in summer 2016 (see the original article below), when the 22-metre-long, 4.8-metre-high bus took to the streets of Qinhuangdao, Hebei province.The test drive down a 300-metre stretch of road made headlines around the globe.Driving straight over two lanes of traffic, the unfeasible-looking vehicle seemed to be the answer to China’s notorious congestion and pollution problems.Unfortunately, the bus has been stationary pretty much ever since, leading local government to begin dismantling the special tracks it drives on.Now, it has been announced that police have launched an investigation into how the company behind it had acquired funds, believing the entire project to be a scam.
Hinkley Point: Britain's new nuclear power station explainedUK Prime Minister Theresa May is being urged to scrap the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant proposals after the Chinese company providing a third of the funding has become embroiled in a nuclear espionage lawsuit in the US.An indictment names nuclear engineer Allen Ho – employed by the China General Nuclear Power Corporation CGNPC – and claims the firm conspired with China from 1997 to April 2016 to develop nuclear material in China without US approval to "secure an advantage for the People's Republic of China".Assistant US attorney-general John Carlin said: "Allen Ho, at the direction of a Chinese state-owned nuclear power company allegedly approached and enlisted US-based nuclear experts to provide integral assistance in developing and producing special nuclear material in China."Ho did so without registering with the US Department of Justice as an agent of a foreign nation or authorisation from the US Department of Energy," Carlin continued."Prosecuting those who seek to evade US law by attaining sensitive nuclear technology for foreign nations is a top priority for the National Security Division."
The United States and South Korea s recent decision to counter North Korean missile capabilities with an advanced system on the Korean peninsula left China deeply dissatisfied and ready to take necessary measures, a defense ministry spokesman said at the end of July.In the month since the agreement was announced, many analysts have wondered how Beijing s anger will manifest.One common sentiment is that the strategic collateral imposed on China by the missile system, called the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, may force Chinese diplomats to reconsider their inaction on North Korea s nuclear efforts.China will not move in a quick or meaningful fashion to oppose Pyongyang — Beijing fears destabilizing the Kim regime, which would risk expanding the U.S. presence in the region far beyond THAAD deployment and potentially spur an influx of impoverished North Korean refugees into China.Likewise, THAAD deployment damages Chinese trust in Seoul on security issues, but it does not obscure the two countries growing economic interdependence.The United States and South Korea have repeatedly asserted that the deployment will be focused solely on North Korean nuclear and ballistic threats — not Chinese missiles.
Google Maps, together with many other mapping services, are displaying inaccurate information about China in order to help the country preserve its national securityIf a whim takes you to look at China's geography online, you'd be better off avoiding Google Maps, because the information is likely to be slightly off.A river that appears out of nowhere, a border between India and China that is completely different on Indian and world maps, or simply roads that just don't seem to where they should be.You would think that getting a map right would be a piece of cake today with satellite GPS systems and the advent of Google Earth, but for once, the problem has nothing to do with the internet giant.The reason why maps of China are so odd is because the Chinese government considers geographic information about the People's Republic of China to be a matter of national security, so private surveying and mapping activities are illegal in mainland China and have been since 2002.If anyone wants to publish any geographic data concerning the country's air, land and waters, or data relating to any territories that the Chinese government feels is under its jurisdiction, then they must first obtain permission or they will be punished with a fine.
Denizens of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea aka Best Korea get precious little internet access as it is, but the luck and loyal few will now have a Netflix-style streaming service to match similar systems in the decadent rest of the world.The system – unfortunately dubbed Manbang – comes as a set-top box connected to a modem and then to the phone line.The box has an HDMI cable to connect to a television and then the lucky Norks can get access to five channels of content, can scan a special channel with news about the glorious supreme leader Kim Jong-un, and can also read state newspapers online."Children tended to pester to show new interesting videos again after their release, but we had difficulty in dealing with it," Kim Geun Hee, a teacher at Sariwon orphanage told state media, NK News reports."However, we are happy since we are now able to show films to them again, and children enjoy it."It's not Orange is the New Black or Game of Thrones – although the latter show would probably be deemed a threat to state security – but Best Korea will no doubt be hoping the new service will inspire its people to feel they are just as high tech as the outside world.
View photosMoreThe logo of Didi Chuxing is seen at its headquarters in Beijing, China, May 18, 2016.REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo - RTX2GOMRSHANGHAI Reuters - China's commerce ministry is investigating the planned acquisition by ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing of U.S. rival Uber Technologies Inc's UBER.UL China unit over anti-monopoly concerns, the ministry's spokesman said on Friday.Shen Danyang told reporters the Ministry of Commerce would look to protect fair market competition and consumer interests in the deal, which will create a roughly $35 billion giant dominating China's car-hailing market.A representative for Uber could not be reached immediately for comment.A Didi spokeswoman said: "We are in communication with the authorities."
Close Embed Feed Uber merges with China's Didi Chuxing in $35bn deal ReutersThe proposed acquisition of Uber China by taxi-hailing rival Didi Chuxing is facing scrutiny from China's Ministry of Commerce Mofcom .The executive agency which is responsible for formulating policy on foreign trade, export and import regulations and other economic aspects, is investigating the deal over anti-monopoly concerns, Mofcom spokesman Shen Danyang said.The spokesman explained that the ministry intended to protect fair market competition and consumer interests in China's taxi-hailing market.He added that Mofcom's antitrust department had already held two meetings with Didi and had even requested them for information on the Uber deal.As per the deal, which was announced about a month ago – in exchange for Uber China's assets – Didi will give the American company 5.9% in the merged company, which is expected to be worth about $35bn £26.3bn .